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MLA questions college cuts NORTHWEST COMMUNITY College needs a better financial system providing clear information leading up to making budget decisions, says Skeena NDP MLA Robin Austin. Faced with a deficit of at least $1.6 million and under pressure from the province to balance its budget, the college has announced it will need to cut nearly 32 full time equivalent positions. What has Austin and others puzzled, however, is how the college fell from a surplus position on its operating budgets to three years now of escalating deficits. “Something has happened, but we don't know what it is. All of a sudden there's a huge deficit,” Austin of a pool of red ink that has grown from $568,000 for the 2009-2010 financial year to $1.1 million in 2010-2011 and which is estimated to be at least $1.6

million by the time this year's books close the end of March. “There really needs to be a public accounting system, not just for Northwest Community College, but for all colleges,” said Austin. “That's so people can understand what is happening month to month,” he added. He said a clear system providing up-to-date financial information would not only assist the college’s senior managers in making decisions, but also its governing board. “It would also assist the president in going to the provincial government,” Austin added. He said it was ironic the college has to make cuts at a time when northwestern residents should be trained to take jobs in major economic developments either underway or about to

start. For her part, advanced education minister Naomi Yamamoto also wants to know why the college’s deficit is climbing. “I'm glad you asked that,” she said in a recent interview. “That’s the exact question we're asking and right now and we're waiting for Northwest Community College to provide that information.” Provincial legislation requires colleges to operate with balanced budgets but Yamamoto’s ministry has given the college permission to run a deficit for the past several years as it struggles to balance its budget. That permission extends to the upcoming 2012-13 financial year with an expectation the deficit will be eliminated by the spring of 2014.

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Terrace’s population up TERRACE MAYOR Dave Pernarowski says he’s happy the city's population has inched up. Based on last week’s release of 2011’s census data, the city’s population is 11,486, a modest 1.5 per cent increase over the 2006 census figure of 11,320 people. “The numbers should keep on growing. We want our community to grow,” said Pernarowski. He said the establishment of Terrace as a regional services centre for industrial projects to the south and to the north make it a desirable place to live and to do business. “I think the population will grow in the coming years,” Pernarowski added of city efforts to attract people and business. Terrace was the only large population centre in the northwest to grow between 2006 and 2011, indicate the census figures released by Statistics Canada. Kitimat’s population dropped from 8,987 to 8,335 from 2006 to 2011, a decrease of 7.3 per cent. The population in Prince Rupert also dropped. The census of 2006 listed that city’s population at 12,815 and it is 12,508 according to the 2011 census. That’s a decline of 2.4 per cent. To the east, Smithers added 187 residents in the

last five years, rising to a population of 5,404 for a growth of 3.6 per cent. Despite growth between 2006 and 2011, Terrace’s population continues to drag behind the numbers of a decade or more ago. In 2001, the city’s population was 12,109 and in 1996 it was 12,783 – a full 1,297 more people than today. The years from 1996-2001 marked a collapse of the regional sawmill and pulp industry thanks to the bankruptcy of Skeena Cellulose, the effects which were felt through the following decade. Curiously, Terrace’s modest growth from 2006 to 2011 came during a period when West Fraser shut its Eurocan pulp mill in Kitimat in 2009, a move that wiped out 525 jobs in the area. That closure may also help explain some of Kitimat’s population drop between 2006 and 2011. Overall, the country’s population grew 5.9 per cent from 2006 to 2001. In terms of numbers, the population went from 31.612 million in 2006 to 33.476 million in 2011. Census officials also said the western Canadian population is growing thanks to people moving from eastern Canada. Immigration is also helping to boost the country’s numbers.


■ Plug ‘em up BILL TURNER works for the City of Terrace filling potholes on city streets with emergency patching material (EMP) last week. The city has used 90 600-pound barrels of EMP to patch up roads so far this year. For more on this work, please turn to page 4.

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Pothole patrol scours city By LAUREN BENN MY HEAD would have bounced off the truck’s roof had my seatbelt not been holding me in place. With a couple of loud thuds, the vehicle bounced somewhat violently before slowly rolling to a stop halfway up on the sidewalk. “Driving over them is the only way we find them, eh,” said Bill Turner, a city worker with the roads department and also my tour guide during a drive through Terrace’s pothole landscape. Turner is the only person I’ve met who purposely looks for big potholes to drive over. The rest of us, I’m sure, try to avoid them. It’s tough for drivers in Terrace to avoid them completely though. Our climate’s multiple freeze-thaw cycles in winter do a great job at chewing up roadbeds. This winter has been no exception. Potholes abound. But city road foreman Henry Craveiro said this year is better than last. “Last year was the worst year we’ve had in a long

time,” he said, explaining that last winter saw more freeze-thaw cycles than this year so far. Potholes are made when water seeps under a road and expands upon freezing, putting pressure on surrounding materials. Additional pressure from vehicles on weak spots breaks down asphalt further, ultimately making a hole, said Craveiro. “Asphalt really only has a lifetime of 15 years,” he added, noting the vast majority of Terrace roads are much older. He explained that new roads are not immune, but better drainage that comes with a newer road bed and less space for water to seep through makes potholes less likely to form. “The only way to really eliminate potholes is eliminate the freeze-thaw cycle,” said Craveiro. But with older Terrace roads, and no way to control mother nature, potholes are inevitable. Money to deal with them comes from Terrace’s winter road maintenance budget,

which I learned much about while repairing potholes on my tour with Turner. “We try to get all of the big ones first and then we go back and fill the smaller ones,” said Turner. Holes are filled in with EPM, which stands for emergency patching material, a substance that looks somewhat like black molasses filled with sand and crushed asphalt. The stuff costs $300 a barrel, and I was surprised at how quickly it went. The city used 140 barrels last year and has used around 90 barrels this year so far. Turner and I started with one 600-pound barrel, which is dumped in the box of a city truck by a forklift. We left the city’s public works building at 2:09 p.m. and started driving through puddles, looking for potholes. The vehicle pulled to a stop on Graham Ave. after a couple of loud, bouncy thuds. “As soon as you get a bang, you stop and fill it up,” said Turner before hopping


HERE IS one of the many potholes dotting the landscape of Terrace’s city roads.

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out of the truck and grabbing his shovel. It took three heaping shovels filled with EPM to fill a hole about 13” in diameter and 8” deep. The EPM brimmed over the top. To pack it down, Turner backed up with his tires over the former hole. We drove forwards, and back again, and then on we went in search of the next pothole. During our two hour excursion, Turner went through two barrels and covered 2 km of road, filling in only the worst potholes – some more than two feet wide and about a foot deep. Turner said during an average eight hour work day he’ll use from six to 10 barrels. Turner was contagiously enthusiastic about the job. “I just like helping the people out,” he said many times throughout our twohour trip. “Lots of time people wave and I wave back at them, eh.” When filling potholes, people are much friendlier than when he’s driving the snowplow, he said laughing.

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Force of nature Ultimately, Mother Nature controls snow-related logistics By Lauren Benn FLUFFY WHITE snow that’s fallen in waves this winter has hit road snow clearing operations like a ton of bricks. Nechako Northcoast, the local contractor hired by the province to maintain highways and regional district roads, has not only struggled to keep up with Mother Nature this year but has also been served with a number of noncompliance reports by the transportation ministry for sub-standard performance. The reports, close to a dozen, were filed because Nechako didn’t clear snow up to standards set by its contract with the province. The penalties for such reports include a scolding at best, losing performance bonuses, or losing a contract all together at worst. “There have been a number of events where there’s been no question that the roads have been outside of our standards,” said local transportation ministry official Don Ramsay, explaining the ministry has auditing programs in place to evaluate Nechako’s performance. “Even in a tough winter such as this, while their performance is normally within our expectations, their efforts this winter have been at times overwhelmed by the severity of the weather,” he said. Ramsay noted that Terrace has experienced 20 winter storms this year, and 220 per cent more snow accumulation for this time of year, involving five and a half metres as of last week. Lucky for Nechako, a snow-free beginning of February provided much needed down time. “The crews have really been worked to the breaking point,” said Nechako general manager Dan Mills. “If the snow had kept up, we wouldn’t have been able to.” So far this winter, Nechako has spent 60 per cent more on labour than last year. Nechako’s territory spans 90 kilometres west of Terrace, 45 kilometres east, 100 kilometres north and 60 km south and the company also has contracts with CN and Shames Mountain. It also has contracts with the province to clear away snow brought down during avalanche control work. To keep up, the company brought in extra equipment from local contractors and when that resource was tapped, brought some in from out of town. Five graders, used for widening roads at the shoulder where snow builds up, were added to Nechako’s existing four.


SO MUCH snow fell so quickly that road maintenance contractor Nechako Northcoast had to hire this snowcat, normally seen on ski hills, to flatten snow that had accumulated on road shoulders in the area.

But many times, piles of snow at the sides of the road built up too high, meaning Nechako had to use large loaders, which look like massive snow plows with blades underneath, to get the job done. “This year the snow was consistent and without break,” said Mills. “(There was) no time to remove all the snowfalls. We had to resort to more unconventional means.” While large loaders are much slower than using graders to widen snow buildup on the road, Mills explained they were the only things that worked. “They’re the only thing with enough raw strength to push these big windrows back,” said Mills. But the windrows on road shoulders weren’t the biggest problem this year. The slush was. It’s the worst surface of all for tires, said Nechako vice-president Peter Lansdowne, add-

ing packed snow is better because it’s stable. But snow turns to slush within a few degree fluctuations, making safe roads dangerous in a snap, he continued. “With a condition that is changing rapidly, you need to be in all places at all times,” he said. “The reality is, we just don’t have enough units to deal with it all at one time.” When slush freezes, it can turn a surface into a washboard, making driving even more tricky. Lansdowne explained that a provincial classification system is in place to help Nechako best use its equipment and resources. “We concentrate on the higher speed higher traffic areas when we have (snow turning to slush),” said Lansdowne. So as more snow fell this year, it meant more buildup on the roads and road shoulders, more volume falling from avalanche control

and more falling ice to clean. All of this meant labour and equipment were stretched thin. So, both Mills and Lansdowne let out a sigh when talking about the non-compliance reports from the province. Provincial standards include allowing no more than 4cm of snow compacted on class A highways, with snow depth rising as classes fall. “It becomes a physical impossibility to maintain all of these standards on all of these roads at all times,” said Lansdowne. And Ramsay is sympathetic to the challenges Nechako faced this winter. “I wouldn’t expect there is a contractor in the province that wouldn’t have been out of standard at times this winter,” he said. “I look at the millions of cubic metres of snow this year and I’m thinking the people on the road that work for Nechako, they truly are the knights of the road.”

Snowpack warns of regional flood risk B.C.’S RIVER watchdog is keeping a close eye on the Skeena/Nass drainage basin as snowpacks are well above average, a circumstance that may foretell of flooding to come. “It’s something that we’re watching closely to see how that’s going to evolve over the next couple of months,” says Dave Campbell, head of the provincial River Forecast Centre, adding end of season snow-pack depth was reached in January. It’s now two-thirds through the season and the amount of snow accumulation has climbed. The regional snowpack is now 139 per cent of normal, close to the winter of 2006-2007’s 153 per cent of normal, which contributed to the late spring 2007 flooding along the Skeena Riv-

er, said Campbell. He said snowfall amounts this year represent an increased flood risk, and that he and others are taking notice. “For the Skeena Bulkley, we certainly are forecasting higher volumes of water (melting) than normal,” Campbell continued. Flood risk is higher when the weather turns warm, quickly accelerating the snow melt period. “I think at this point, it’s still dependent on what we get for weather,” Campbell said. “If we get normal or wetter than normal conditions, certainly that will increase the flood risk.” The precipitation measuring station at the Northwest Regional Air-

port has broken a 31 year snow-pack record – 25 per cent more accumulated precipitation than the winter of 2006-2007. But to understand flood risk, the bigger picture needs to be taken into account, Campbell said. Data was drawn from 13 sampling locations that drain into the Skeena/ Nass basin this month. Twelve are located at a higher altitude than the airport, which averages less snow year to year. At the higher elevations, ranging from 460 metres to 1,540 metres above sea level, the snowpack ranges from just a quarter more than usual to twice as much to date averaging 139 per cent more than the norm. “We do see very high snowpacks

for this time of year in the region and for Terrace,” said Campbell. “It’s higher than we’ve seen historically.” Aside from snowpack, which determines how much water is available to melt off, weather is a large factor when it comes to flooding. The coming months will have to be moderately dry for snowpack to return to normal, said Campbell. Also, temperatures determine how much snow melts, and how quickly. Currently, a mild La Nina cycle is in play. La Nina is brought about by cooler than normal sea surface temperatures in the Pacific, and last year a strong La Nina contributed

to higher-than-normal snowpacks, a cool spring, and a delayed and prolonged snow melt season. What that means, said Campbell, is that likely cooler wetter temperatures would contribute to snow accumulating for a longer time period before melting. “That’s something to watch out for,” he said, adding that, it’s too soon to say anything for sure. “Weather in May/June will play a big role,” Campbell said. “In terms of flood risk... a hot snap in the middle of May or excessively wet conditions might cause rapid melt of that snowpack.” Now, no flood warnings have been issued for the Skeena/Nass area.



Wednesday, February 15, 2012 Terrace Standard


Stuck IT WOULD take quite a bit of searching to find a more complicated set of circumstances facing an organization than those facing the Coast Mountains school district concerning its growing number of empty schools. In Terrace alone the school district has once-open Copper Mountain, Kiti K’Shan, the ET Kenney building of the Suwilaawks school and as of this summer, Thornhill Junior Secondary School to worry about. School board chair Art Erasmus is absolutely correct when he says it makes no sense to have students in half-empty schools because it takes as much money to take care of a half-empty school as it does one that is full. That’s why students are being consolidated in the area’s remaining schools. And he’s also correct when he says there is still a cost to maintaining an empty school even though, over time, empty buildings deteriorate regardless. So, to borrow a phrase, the school district is stuck between a rock and a natural gas heating bill. Even the most optimistic among us isn’t forecasting an immediate enough influx of newcomers to re-open closed schools in the next year or two. And, if by some magical feat, the area is hit by a rash of pregnancies right about now, it will take five-plus years for those babies to start school. Selling those buildings may be the only option but it would be an unpalatable one at best. ESTABLISHED APRIL 27, 1988

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CLAUDETTE SANDECKI sions and layout of our yard proved to be problematic. The general rule of thumb is 1” of rise requires 12” of ramp. While it sounds like an awfully low slope, it is really quite difficult for most wheelchair users to negotiate even a 1 in 12 slope if the ramp is any length at all. Our steps came up 30 inches; our ramp had to be at least 30 feet long. Thirty feet straight out from the porch would have obstructed our driveway and front yard making it impossible to drive in with a load of firewood or even the vacuum truck for chimney cleaning. Parking our own vehicle in


resistant supported by posts set on concrete pads dug 18” into the ground. Detectable warning surfaces and/or color contrasts between the ramp and level surface are recommended to indicate the impending incline or decline of a ramp to persons with low vision or blindness,” advises one website. The change of direction can be either a 90 degree turn or a 180 degree turn but when the turn is 180 degrees, the landing will have to be twice as large as otherwise needed. Landings must be, at minimum, the width of the ramp (minimum 36”) and 60” long for a straight through landing. In cases where the landing provides a point for a change of direction the minimum size shall be 60” by 60”. All permanent ramps must have a level surface at both the top and bottom of the ramp. This can be a landing constructed as part of the ramp or an existing patio or porch. Ramps not only take up a lot of yard space; building one uses a lot of savings, often for a short lifespan. They are not moveable, and thus have no resale value.




front of the door would have ended, too. Even fetching a shovel from the shed would have meant circumnavigating the ramp. A bother and many extra steps. To run the ramp off the left side of the porch would have required dismantling that wall of the porch, then switching the ramp back for the last half. This would prevent hauling firewood around to the other side of the basement, or even wheeling a barrow of raked leaves to the compost pile. A ramp must be built with non-slip surface and maintained in a non-slip condition. In our case, whether front or side, the ramp would be exactly where our snow piles up, heaped by wind, shovel, machine, or from sliding off the roof. A canopy or heating coils built in under the platform surface are recommended, a convenience measure for sure, but still snowstorms could make the ramp inoperable for days. Sturdy handrails are part of every design for the safety of both the handicapped and caregivers. “In all cases ramps must be stable, firm, and slip-


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Gitga’at teach us a lesson Dear Sir: If Enbridge builds their pipeline across BC, hundreds of supertankers will sail by the Gitga’at home of Hartley Bay, every year. They will need four super tugs to navigate the narrow treacherous waters around Gil Island. Gil Island is where the BC Ferry Queen of the North went down in 2006. The oil from its tanks has never been recovered. It is still leaking. So it is not surprising that they organized a protest of the pipeline Feb. 4. There are just 200 Gitga’at people who remain in Hartley Bay, 500 live in the Rupert area. More than 800 showed up for the protest, which tells us two things. Either just about every Gitga’at person on the planet showed up or they have a lot of friends. Maybe both. The community centre was full. Many of the Gitga’at wore sweatshirts that said, “Say no

to tankers”. Following their tradition, their chiefs spoke first, then the chiefs of other Tsimshian nations. Chiefs from the surrounding First Nations all spoke, all spoke against the pipeline. In between the speeches the people danced. Each tribe, the Killer Whales, the Eagles, the Ravens and the Wolves, took their turn and as they did, they invited clan members to join them. The whites were invited and they joined. And as everyone danced, the women of Hartley Bay chanted and the men drummed. These are the people whose lands and resources were taken away and still do not have a treaty or compensation. These are the people who were sent away to residential school. They are the people who are rebuilding their culture and still live from what the surrounding sea gives them. They know how close to extinction

they have come, and can come again. Art Sterritt reminded everyone of the Enbridge disaster on the Kalamazoo River and of the deep well rupture in the Gulf of Mexico that produced the greatest man-made ecological disaster we have ever seen. Yet. He reminded us that a tanker ban was placed on the Canadian coast after the Exxon Valdez ran aground and that the technology that didn’t clean up then has not since improved. The culture of oil has no conscience, Art Sterritt said, it leaves no legacy. Our prime minister has said that the pipeline is in the national interest because it will diversify our markets. He means that competition will raise the price of oil and create wealth for large corporations. But he is about to be taught a lesson by the Gitga’at that is as old as Athens. It is called democracy. Rob Hart, Terrace, BC


GITGA’AT LEAD off a Feb. 4 march in Prince Rupert protesting Enbridge’s planned Northern Gateway pipeline plan.

Dear Sir: In my 42 years as a physician, including 28 years in public health, I have seen dozens of presentations from anti fluoride lobbyists and I have reviewed the evidence on fluoride practice many times. I have learned that adding supplemental fluoride to water systems that don’t contain enough to protect the population against dental caries (decay) is an effective and safe public health intervention that contributes substantially to improved dental health, especially among children and vulnerable adults such as seniors or those on a fixed income. The evidence is reviewed on an ongoing basis by such organizations as Health Canada, the Canadian Medical Association and many other organizations, all of which continue to endorse the practice along with almost every dentist and physician in BC. A position statement and links on this topic can be found on the Northern Health website by searching for “fluoridation” or simply visiting http:// In the north alone, about 1000 people a year undergo general anesthesia in order to extract or restore teeth which have become dangerous sources of infection – 75 per cent of these surgeries are done on children, almost all from communities in which the water contains inadequate levels of fluoride. I have yet to see a single person requiring so much as a day in hospital from fluoride damage to their teeth or bones in spite of the remarkable claims of harm cited by anti fluoride groups. Communities like Terrace should be commended for the excellent job they do in ensuring that fluoride and chlorine levels are maintained at levels that are sufficient to protect public health while at the same time keeping them well within the Canadian Drinking Water standards to ensure safety. David Bowering, MD, MHSc., Northwest Medical Health Officer, Northern Health, Terrace, BC

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he last week of January of this, one of the longest winters in recent years, presented an opportunity to compare the substance of two of North America’s democracies. On Jan. 24 President Obama outlined his views on fair taxation in his State of the Union Address, and on Jan. 27 Prime Minister Harper outlined his views on old age pensions and taxation at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland. One seeks to tax the rich, the other to reduce pension benefits. But these are visions and we cannot be certain that millionair hockey players in the US will soon be paying higher taxes, or that Canadian senior citizens will soon be punching time clocks. To appreciate the significance of the contrast between these two speeches we need to reflect on Marshall McLuhan’s enigmatic paradox, “The medium is the message.” McLuhan’s riddle cautions us to look for changes in society’s

ground rules, signs that the effects of such changes may be detrimental to our society or culture. To that end we need to ignore what President Obama and Prime Minister Harper said; we need to examine their medium – where it is that they spoke, and what the characteristics of the locations of their speechs may signal for our future. President Obama was speaking to Congress, to the 435 members of the House of Representatives and the 100 Senators elected by citizens of the United States to legislate the affairs of their nation. The speech was broadcast live to the nation on television, radio, and the Internet. Prime Minister Harper was speaking to an assembly of corporate executives, lobbyists, and assorted hangers on at the World Economic Forum half a world away. We, citizens of Canada, along with the people we have elected to legislate the affairs of our nation, learned about our Prime Minister’s vision for our future


ANDRE CARREL through press reports. Some Canadian news media referred to Mr. Harper’s speech as a “keynote address” while international media, those who bothered to report on it at all (e.g. The Guardian), summarized his nine minute speech in a single sentence: “He’s talking up the Canadian economy, as expected, and making assurances not to raise tax” (sic). Political practices and pro-

cedures have evolved in Canada which, albeit consistent with the language of our constitution, maximize the powers vested in the Office of the Prime Minister. Today a determined Canadian Prime Minister may do just about anything he sets out to do. What is left of democracy when a Prime Minister may select an assembly of the world’s corporate barons and there announce new policy directions affecting every citizen, and do so knowing that his decisions will be rubber-stamped by the House of Commons? The issue is not Mr. Harper or his politics. The issue is the stark reality that Members of Parliament, the people we elect to represent the views, desires, ambitions, visions and concerns we hold for our society, have been reduced to irrelevance. The people we elect to the House of Commons, whatever their political party affiliation, no longer need to be informed, much less consulted, before the Prime Minister may, with absolute confidence and legitimacy, announce

ground-shifting policy changes to the world. The value of a democratic election is reduced to contemptible symbolism when the power to pass the laws by which, according to democratic principles, we agree to govern ourselves has drifted away from the House of Commons to the Prime Minister’s Office. It is a bitter irony that Prime Minister Harper made his announcements in Switzerland where, on March 11, 2012, citizens will be voting in four national referenda on proposals ranging from changes to property taxation law to changes in workers’ minimum vacation entitlements. If we take Marshall McLuhan’s message to heart the dominant issue in our next federal election should not be old age pensions or the export of oil from Alberta’s tar sands, it should be the salvation of what is left of our democracy. Andre Carrel is a retired public sector administrator living in Terrace, BC.

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The Mail Bag Contractors failing at job to keep roads driveable Dear Sir: Whilst I realize that this has been a terrible winter, it is something we in the north accept and put up with, however, the condition of the highways within our area is a problem that has to be addressed. Due to my work, I travel highways at all hours. Recently I had to make a few journeys heading east. The condition of the roads was deplorable, and disgusting – the washboard effect was so bad, speeds were reduced to 25km per hour, even the hardy truckers found it deplorable, as they were slowed down, and in one instance I am aware of, were driving on the opposite side of the road. On Wednesday Jan. 21, I was driving from my home in Copperside Estates towards Terrace. The roads were so pitiful, the washboard effect on my vehicle caused a tie rod end to break loose, causing me to swerve on the road, and I was not travelling fast. The reason for this letter is to complain to the contractors who are designated to look after our

roads. I must say they are doing a pitiful job. On numerous occasions in my travels during rough weather, in our area no snow clearing machinery was to be seen, whilst in other areas the roads were in a driveable condition. It did go through my mind, should an ambulance be transporting a patient, the journey must have been hell. I personally am not satisfied that a good job is being done. I know I am not the only person who has this concern, therefore I have no option but to send a copy of this letter to the department of highways in Victoria. I have reason to believe that the contractors have received numerous calls and complaints, sadly I fear they have fallen on deaf ears. It is essential in bad weather that our roads must be maintained to a standard of safety of all travellers, this is not the case. I hope that the department of highways in Victoria addresses my complaint. Charles F. Meek, Terrace, BC

Pot causes what problems? Dear Sir: I have read Bob Erb’s and Bob Adami’s letters on the legalization of marijuana and feel I need to comment. I am friendly, caring, and generally well-liked person who is active in my community. I own my own home and vehicle and have been steady in the same job I enjoy for almost five years. I am a hard worker, honest, family oriented and always willing to give a hand to someone in need. I am also a criminal. Not because I hurt, steal or affect anyone negatively. I am a criminal because I enjoy smoking pot in the privacy of my own home. I may be funding gang activity I am opposed to because of prohibition. I would grow some for myself and friends, it would be near free (the way it should be, it grows wild in nature) if I wasn’t risking losing my home doing it. New legislation set to pass would impose a mandatory sentence of six months if I grew six plants in my greenhouse and was caught. I would be given a criminal record and most likely lose my job. Mr. Adami: I already pay an astronomical rate for pot due to gang control; it’s a dangerous business with plenty of risk to the growers and suppliers due to the environment prohibition has caused. So I ask you what would fining an individual

like me who is already put in a bad situation by these ridiculous laws achieve? More financial loss over something that doesn’t even affect folks like you? I am unaware of the “problems pot causes now” you speak of, however, regarding the argument of health risks: I understand many deaths are caused by alcohol overdose and withdrawal. I have never heard of an instance of someone overdosing or dying from withdrawals on pot, but correct me if I am wrong. Tim Andersen, Terrace, BC

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Road crews doing fine job Dear Sir: Since early January, I have been doing medical clinics in the Nass Valley. This involves driving between Terrace and New Aiyansh and, also, travelling to Gitwinksihlkw, Lakalzap and Gingolx. You will all be aware of the frequent and heavy snowfalls we have been experiencing. I can’t say enough about how impressed I am with the job that the road crews are doing under very trying circumstances. They work day and night to keep the roads as safe as possible. The steep grades, especially “Grizzly Hill” west of Lakalzap are well sanded. The crews in the Village of New Aiyansh also do a wonderful job at road clearing. I may have been late for some of the clinics, but I have never missed a clinic due road conditions. Donald W. Strangway, MD, Terrace, BC


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COMMUNITY EVENTS FEBRUARY 18 – Thornhill Elementary PAC Garage Sale Fundraiser from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. By donation. Garage sale items may be dropped off at Thornhill Elementary School. FEBRUARY 19 – A farewell tea for Eileen and Jim Callanan is being held from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Elks Lodge at 2822 Tetrault Street. Friends, family and NAMI alumni are invited to join us in saying good-bye to the couple, who are moving to Nanaimo. FEBRUARY 20 – Free Workplace Workshop takes place from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. in the city hall firehall training room. Coffee and lunch provided. To register, call the regional district at 1-800-663-3208 or This workshop, designed for small and medium sized offices, retail outlets or storefronts, will introduce you to the opportunities and challenges of greening your business and how the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine can help. FEBRUARY 22 – Terrace Toastmasters is hosting an International Speech and Evaluation Contest at 7 p.m. at the Graydon Security Building on Keith Ave. Winners from this evening are eligible to complete at our area contest later in the year. Please join us for a fun evening. For more details, please contact Randy 635-2151 or Rolf 635-6911. FEBRUARY 24, 25 – Hobiyee, the Nisga’a New Year’s celebration, takes place from 10 a.m. Friday until 9 a.m. Saturday at the Gitlaxt’aamiks Recreation Centre in New Aiyansh. FEBRUARY 25 – Seniors Games Zone 10 meeting will be held at 1 p.m. at the Happy Gang Centre. The games are open to seniors 55 and older. All members and other interested seniors are urged to attend. FEBRUARY 25 – The 27th annual Multicultural Potluck Dinner takes place at 5 p.m. at the arena banquet room. The theme is Little Bollywood in Terrace. Tickets at Misty River Books. Put on by the Terrace and District Multicultural Association and the Cultural Advisory Committee of Skeena Diversity Society. FEBRUARY 27 – The Green Thumb Garden Society meets at the library at 7 p.m. We will be discussing getting ready for spring and planting your seedlings. For more details, call Barb at 635-1758. FEBRUARY 28 – Alpha Course: Is there more to life than this? is a 12-week course for anyone interested in exploring the meaning of life starting at 6:30 p.m. - 9 p.m. for dinner and movie night at Terrace Pentecostal Assembly. Intriguing topics – discussion groups – free

food! Meet new friends, learn about intriguing topics of the Christian faith each week and then discuss the topics in small groups. Discover the relevance of Jesus in your life. Ask any question. Voice your opinion. Come and join us! Register at 635-2434. FEBRUARY 29 – Emergency Preparedness public information session is from 7 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. in the Terrace Arena banquet room. Emergency program coordinators and guest speakers from different agencies will identify local hazards, their challenges, available resources and how individuals and families can prepare for emergencies and disasters. For more details, call Stacey at 615-6100 or MARCH 3 – Northwest Science and Innovation Society (NSIS) hosts the 2012 Northwest Science Fair Extravaganza at Veritas School.

PSAs THE KERMODEI OPTIMIST Club of Terrace is starting up and looking for members. Optimist Clubs are dedicated to “Bringing Out the Best in Kids” and do their part through community service programs. For more details, call Dallis at 635-5352 or by email to dewinsor1@gmail. com. TERRACE CHURCHES’ FOOD Bank will distribute food from the basement of Dairy Queen at 4643 Park Avenue from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 13 for surnames A to H; Tuesday Feb. 14 for surnames I to R: Wednesday, Feb. 15 for surnames S to Z; and Thursday, Feb. 16 for anyone missed. The above order will be enforced, so please come on the right day and bring identification for yourself and your dependents. THE SALVATION ARMY holds Toonie Wednesdays every first and third Wednesday of the month – all clothing is $2. All children’s clothing $2 or less is half price. EVERY FIRST AND third Wednesday of the month, there will be a meeting at the Kwinitsa building for anyone interested in volunteering for My Mountain Co-op. THE PACIFIC NORTHWEST Music Festival monthly meetings are held on the third Tuesday of every month, from September to June, 7:30 p.m. at the Terrace Academy of Music. New members are always welcome. Contact Irene Kuhar at 250-635-3215, fax 250-635-3622 or email ONLINE CHAT FOR youth in crisis or emotional distress – – from 4 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. daily, except Mondays and Tuesdays. This chat supplements the Youth Support phone line 1-888-564-8336, available

from 4 p.m. to 11 p.m. every day. COMMUNITY COMPOST INVITES those who want to compost but don’t have the facilities to drop off their compostables for free at 4509 Greig Ave. (beside Prana Massage) in the first bin. Acceptable items include veggie scraps, discarded leftovers, moldy bread etc. For more details, call Elissa at 250-975-0095. HEALING TOUCH CLINICS are offered to the community by appointment at Knox United Church on Lazelle Ave. Donations accepted. For your appointment or more details, please call Julie at 635-0743. NARCOTICS ANONYMOUS MEETS Thursday from 8 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Christian Reformed Church and Saturday from 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at St. Matthew’s Anglican Church. Both meetings are open to everyone.

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HAS YOUR LIFE been affected by someone else’s drinking? Al-Anon can help. Meetings are Sundays at 8 p.m. on the second floor of the Almarlin building at 3219 Eby St. For more information, call 250-635-8181. CALL VOLUNTEER TERRACE 638-1330 to have returnable bottles and cans picked up for Helping Hands of the Pacific Northwest to help pay for prescriptions for seniors, cancer patients and others who cannot afford them. THE TERRACE CHAPTER of TOPS (Take off Pounds Sensibly) meets once a week in the cafeteria in the basement of Mills Memorial Hospital. Weigh-in starts at 6 p.m., meeting is at 7:15 p.m. For more info, call Joan at 6350998 or Sandy 635-4716. THE TERRACE SYMPHONY Orchestra practices Mondays from 7 p.m. - 9 p.m. at Knox United Church. Anyone interested in joining is invited to call Mike Wen at 250-635-3044. String players, trombone, oboe, bassoon, and percussion players are especially welcome. COMMUNITY COLLEGE QUILTERS welcome you to come out on Tuesday evenings from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. All levels of quilters welcome. For more info, call Rhonda at 250-635-4294 or Heather at 250-635-3780.




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KERMODE FRIENDSHIP SOCIETY’S Father’s Group would like to invite past, present and new participants to attend the weekly group meetings every Tuesday from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. in the society satellite office (3242 Kalum St.). For more details, call 250-635-1476.

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PACIFIC MIST CHORUS invites women of all ages to come join for song, fun and laughter. We practice Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. at Zion Baptist Church. For more details, call Trudi 250-615-2936 or 250-635-0056.

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Look Who’s Dropped In! Baby’s Name: Addison Campbell Date & Time of Birth: Feb. 8, 2012 at 5:41 a.m. Weight: 9 lbs. 7 oz. Sex: Female Parents: Jennifer & Rodney Campbell “New sister for Jaidyn & Caeleb” Baby’s Name: Kloey Danielle Hugstedt Date & Time of Birth: Feb. 5, 2012 at 4:09 a.m. Weight: 8 lbs. 12 oz. Sex: Female Parents: Nicolette & Kore Hugstedt “New sister for Nicholas, Kore, Kade & Koll” Baby’s Name: Eli Jacob Terry Nyce Date & Time of Birth: Feb 3, 2012 at 4:30 p.m. Weight: 6 lbs. 14 oz. Sex: Male Parents: Marissa Tait & Andrew Nyce Sr. “New brother for Andrew Jr.”

Baby’s Name: Dawson Rylee Watson Date & Time of Birth: Feb. 3, 2012 at 3:53 p.m. Weight: 8 lbs. 5 oz. Sex: Female Parents: Cory & Ryan Watson Baby’s Name: Serena Marie Robinson Date & Time of Birth: Feb. 1, 2012 at 7:36 p.m. Weight: 5 lbs. 4 oz. Sex: Female Parents: Jessica Hurley & Thomas Robinson “New sister for Christina, Johnny, John, Keechia, Tyson & Brady” Baby’s Name: Julian Galvin Alijah Patsey Jr. Date & Time of Birth: Jan. 28, 2012 at 11:40 a.m. Weight: 9 lbs. 9 oz. Sex: Male Parents: Clarissa McMillan & Julian Patsey

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POLICE DEALT with a variety of issues last week, including catching an alleged drug dealer after a foot chase, arresting a shoplifter red-handed and warning teens who were fighting. A man who tried to run away from police in Thornhill will face drug charges. Alvin Martin Tremblay, who is known to police, faces charges of possessing marijuana for the purpose of trafficking. On Feb. 1, officers were speaking to a man at the corner of Hwy 37 and Substation Road around midnight when they detected a strong odour of marijuana on him and exited their vehicle to investigate further, said police. The man bolted, police chased him, caught up to him and arrested him by Kick-


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MP says pot laws should reflect society SKEENA BULKLEY VALLEY NDP MP Nathan Cullen continues his campaign to be leader of his party by saying marijuana should be decriminalized. “Prohibition clearly has not achieved its goals and it’s time our laws stopped criminalizing people whom society does not see as criminals,” said Cullen in response to a questionnaire from NDP members who want

marijuana to be legalized. He also favoured increasing access to marijuana for medicinal use. Cullen also backed InSite, a supervised drug injection site in Vancouver, saying it reduces crime, saves lives and reduces drug dependence. “Society benefits from the approach used in Vancouver, which focuses on harm reduction. We don’t benefit

from the expensive approach to crime shown by the Harper government, which has demonstrably failed where embraced in the United States,” Cullen said in response to a questionnaire from a group of NDP members called End Prohibition: NDP Against the Drug War. “I would be very supportive of harm reduction programs like InSite, and reducing the police and court

resources used to prosecute marijuana possession. However, I believe enforcement has a role, particularly at the border,” Cullen continued. Prime Minister Stephen Harper’s government has failed to close the InSite location after the Supreme Court of Canada ruled its benefits outweighed banning the possession of illegal drugs on its premises. Cullen is one of eight people running for the

leadership of the federal NDP, a post which became open following the death of Jack Layton late last summer. Three of the candidates who responded called for taxation and regulation of marijuana. End Prohibition was begun by Dana Larsen who also had a hand in forming federal and provincial Marijuana Parties. He was also a candidate for the provincial NDP leadership

last year. “Simply put, Canadians do not want to increase penalties for marijuana, they do not want to continue to waste money jailing people for a handful of marijuana plants for personal use, and they want to see alternatives to this costly and unjustified war Mr. Harper is waging on marijuana and harm reduction,” said Larsen in a press release.

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Refining Alberta oil is too costly, Cullen told LAST WEDNESDAY Skeena-Bulkley Valley NDP MP ventured into the heart of oil sands country Fort McMurray. Cullen said he talked to oil companies, First Nations and local governments about stopping “this madness of sending things out raw.” That sentiment was echoed by the municipality and even some of the oil companies, he added. “Things are going guns ablazing here, there is more work than they possibly know what to do with,” Cullen said. Cullen said he didn’t get the feeling from the community or some oil companies that there was a burning desire to open up even more lands. “It’s more than enough as it’s shaping up right now.” He said one factor working against building a refinery in Alberta is that if there is any refining capacity available elsewhere around the globe, the multi-national companies involved in the oil sands want to ship the crude there. Cullen said the main barrier was expense, pointing out that building an upgrader would cost in the area of $3-4 billion. “Can they make money at it? Absolutely. But can Shell or Exxon make more money out of sending it out raw? Probably.” At the other end of the supply chain, China wants energy in its rawest form because its refining costs are much lower. (Courtesy The Kitimat Northern Sentinel.) STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUC PRO DUCTS TS STORES STO RES FLYERS FLY ERS DEALS DEALS COUPO COUPONS NS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS STORES FLYERS DEALS COUPONS BROCHURES CATALOGUES CONTESTS PRODUCTS STORES STO RES FLYERS FLY ERS DEALS DEALS COUPO COUPONS NS BROCHU BRO CHURES RES CATALO CAT ALOGUE ALO GUES GUE S CONT CONT ONTEST ESTS EST S PR PRODU ODUCTS ODU CTS STORE STORE ORES S FLY FLYERS ERS DEALS DEA LS COU COUPON PONS PON S BROC BROC ROCHUR HURES HUR ES CAT CATALO ALOGU ALO GU

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of students available to form substantial data. Coast Mountains school superintendent school district Nancy Wells said the results from the FSAs are taken in to account by the school district as one of many indicators of student progress. “We don't consider it alone to be the only indication on how well a student is doing,” she explained. “We always look at them (FSA results) in accompaniment of other results, and we are always trying to improve,” Wells said of this recent round of testing. Peter Cowley from the Fraser Institute, and one of the report's authors disagreed, saying the results stand firm on their own as cause for concern. “This is not a slim part of a much larger group of things, the kids have to have these basic skills, and two-thirds of kids at Cassie Hall are showing that they are behind their grade level,” Cowley said. “How is this going to affect this generation of kids? Just a third of kids have acquired enough skills,” he continued. The Fraser Institute is a think-tank and its method of ranking schools and only


ANNUAL RANKINGS from the Fraser Institute for Terrace’s elementary schools show that student results are on the decline. This information in the elementary school report card is based on Foundation Skills Assessment (FSA) tests taken by students in Grades 4 and 7 and issued by the education ministry. Suwilaawks Community school dropped the most, down to .7/10 in 2011 from 2.5 /10 in 2010. Suwilaawks was ranked 858 out of 860 elementary schools in B.C. Cassie Hall Elementary also dropped to 1.1/10 in 2011 from 3.3/10 in 2010, and was ranked 855/860. Uplands Elementary has a slight drop to 4.6 in 2011 compared to 4.8/10 in 2010, and was ranked 787/860. Thornhill Elementary school stayed the same at 3.6/10, and was ranked 878/860. Veritas Catholic school also maintained its ranking of 8.3/10 from last year's report card, and was ranked 90/860. Missing from the results were Centennial Christian School, and Ecole Mountainview. These schools were left out because of a lack

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Longtime mental health advocate leaving A LONGTIME supporter of mental health support and education will be leaving town soon. Eileen Callanan, who has been part of the BC Schizophrenia Society (BCSS) branch here and the National Alliance on Mental Illness for many years, is moving to Nanaimo with her husband Jim to be closer to family. “I love Terrace. The discussion was what do we do: stay here or go where my children and grandchildren and siblings are. They’re all down south and cousins and my nursing colleagues,” said Callanan. “I’m going to miss Terrace. Part of me is in grief mode.” She’s lived here for 43 years and raised her children here; now they live down south in Victoria and Vancouver. “It’s with sadness and excitement, it’s a change,” she said about moving. She spent several years teaching the Family to Family sessions along with two others, who will take over it now. She became involved in the schizophrenia society after her son became very ill with schizoaffective disorder. She attended local support group meetings, and eventually joined the BCSS board of directors. As a provincial director, she helped bring about amendments to the Mental Health Act that made it easier for B.C. families to obtain treatment for their ill relatives. More recently, she wrote to the Mental Health Commission

of Canada with recommendations for a national mental health strategy. She was involved with the National Alliance on Mental Illness, which sent a trainer up here to teach how to present Family to Family to others, she took the training and has been teaching it ever since. She also taught it in Smithers and Prince Rupert. “I love helping families and sharing my story and seeing that it helps families,” said Callanan. “Just to give families an opening to talk about their situation and education, that’s my biggie.” Along the way, Jim has been totally supportive and when she’d do training sessions in her house, he would do the meals or on weekends, pick up food and bring it, she said. He also travelled with her sometimes and would participate in the classes, taking it seven times, she added. She has a nursing degree and worked in community health for a few years and in doctors’ clinics. Nursing changed over the years in terms of home visits, which Callanan used to do a lot, but then that decreased when home care became available. For a while after they move, she intends to lay low, enjoy the area and explore Vancouver Island before deciding if she’ll be part of the society there, which has already emailed her. Eileen and Jim aren’t leaving right away as they’re looking to sell their home here first.


EILEEN AND Jim Callanan will soon be moving to Nanaimo to be closer to family.

Club starting up to encourage, recognize youths TERRACE NEEDS a club to encourage and recognize young people in a positive way. That’s the word from Dallis Winsor, who’s working on starting an Optimist Club here. “I moved to B.C. nine years ago and practised law in Ashcroft and moved to Terrace on April 12 of last year, and it became immediately evident Terrace very badly needs something related to youth,” said Winsor, who is a defence lawyer, and founder of Kermodei Optimist Club of Terrace. “I see it every day that there’s some things we could be doing to motivate youth and recognize youth as well. Those are two separate things.” An Optimist Club is a service club for children and youths, he said. “It’s a matter of providing the community with additional activities,” he said, noting that an Optimist Club isn’t there to take away from the other clubs, which do a great job here raising money for community and global needs. Once an adult Optimist Club is set up, a junior Optimist Club could be set up so the

young people can run their own activities and plan their own projects. “If you get a kid involved in community service at an early age, it becomes a lifelong thing,” said Winsor. At the first meeting, despite the weather being -35 C with the windchill, mayor Dave Pernarowski, city councillor Lynne Christensen and head lifeguard Debbie Van’t Kruis joined Winsor. At each subsequent meeting, different people have shown up, he said. Put them all together and there should be enough people to get the club going, he added. The minimum number of members needed to start the club is 15, which is certainly doable, he said. “I would like, probably 25 [members] is a nice size,” said Winsor. He’s anxious to work with other organizations such as the youth advisory committee. “I have a lot of fun doing it and get to meet some very positive people and it’s really nice especially in this weather to get together with positive people to acknowledge there are some difficulties we want to do

something about rather than just complaining,” he said about why he loves being part of the optimist club. To join the adult club, people have to be at least 18-years-old. For the junior club, there are a variety of levels: high school, middle school and younger children. Good potential members are people who see a problem and go out to do something about it, he said, noting that people he’s read about in town who would be great for the club or junior club are Steve Kunar, the college student who collected clothes and items for Ksan House Society last Christmas; Jessica McCallum-Miller, who organized a hunger strike to bring awareness to the need for a youth centre here last summer; and Tim Zettler, who secretly collected money for his friend who lost everything in a house fire recently. Many Optimist Clubs have a youth appreciation week to recognize youths who have done positive things, he added. There are already idea for projects and people will likely see a visible presence of the club soon after

its official kickoff, he said. For more on the club, see Community Calendar under PSAs.

RESIDENTS WILL soon be seeing Optimist Club activities and projects to motivate and acknowledge local youths.


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Cancer care empowers woman A LOCAL woman is getting the message out about the integrated cancer care program that helped her and is coming to town. Cara Morton, a 43-year-old film educator living here, was diagnosed with stage 4 non-malignant cell lung cancer in March 2010. “Everything collapsed […] they told me it was inoperable,” says the mother of two. Her oncologist gave her two to three years to live. Family and friends started doing online research to find resources to help her cope with chemotherapy. This is how they found InspireHealth, a program that works with standard cancer treatment by integrating healthful approaches to nutrition and exercise while providing emotional and immune support. “When I went to the Fireside Chat [at InspireHealth’s Vancouver location], I was amazed at meeting other people who had cancer and were able to speak and talk normally,” Cara says. She wanted to learn more about how she could positively affect her recovery, so she signed up for the Life Program. This two-day workshop made her feel empowered to become an active participant in her healing. “People survive longer when they’re empowered and see their bodies as whole. “The Life Program taught me that my body is naturally capable of healing,” she said. Changing her attitude to cancer changed the course of the disease. Cara started by bringing major changes to her diet. “InspireHealth helped me research an anticancer and antitumour diet,” she says, “[…] and it made all the difference. Everyone was surprised I could keep it up! But when you’re diagnosed with stage 4, it’s not that hard to say no to a bag of chips.” She started consulting a naturopath and

taking supplements to reduce lung cancer tumours. She says that Dr. Puhky, one of the physicians with InspireHealth, made her feel human. “He told me how healthy I looked. This was an incredibly helpful attitude, ”she

“...I was amazed at meeting other people who had cancer and were able to speak and talk normally,” –Cara Morton says. “I could strengthen my body, mind and spirit to face [the disease] and not let it take over.” By the fall of 2010, her tumours had shrunk so significantly that she became a candidate for surgery.

Since that operation in November 2010, she only has one lingering tumour, which has not grown significantly. Next month will be Cara’s two-year mark. The program empowered her to regain a sense of control on the course of the disease by giving her skills she can apply to everyday life, she said. “I don’t know how long I’m going to live, but at least I’m not going to be victimized by it. I mean, we’re all going to die, but you still need hope. You still need joy.” InspireHealth is launching InspireLife BC here March 1 and 2 featuring the same Life program Cara attended in Vancouver. “I’ve been there, I know how terrifying it can be in the beginning. I want to help people be empowered. The program is also about meeting other people and sharing their stories. Everyone has a different life story, but there are always similarities,” she says.

More pennies for Burns Lake A NASS Valley student, who missed the coin drive at his school to raise money to help the people in Burns Lake after the mill fire there, went on his own fundraising drive. Owen Percival, 10-years-old and a Grade 4 student at Gitwinksihlkw Elementary School in Gitwinksihlkw (Canyon City), went door to door in Aiyansh on two evenings, and collected pennies and donations totalling $365. He lives in New Aiyansh. Owen collected more than 5,000 pennies, and

rolled them at home with his mother’s help. Owen said he did this because he wanted to help the people in the community of Burns Lake, which was hit hard on Jan. 20 when the town’s primary employer, the Babine Forest Products sawmill, exploded and burned, killing and injuring workers. Last month, the nearly 50 students at Gitwinksihlkw Elementary School collected more than $500 in coins to send to the relief effort in Burns Lake. All together, the school has donated $941 to the


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■ GRANT FULLER WATERCOLOUR Workshop cancelled due to low enrolment. ■ THE TERRACE ART Gallery hosts an exhibition of work from Freda Diesing School of Northwest Coast Art

students through Feb. 25. The art gallery is open Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday noon to 4 p.m., and Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. It is located in the basement of the public library.


■ THE TERRACE COMMUNITY Band, under the direction of Geoff Parr, will perform a winter concert along with special guests, the Northwest Singers and the Caledonia Choir, at 7:30 p.m. March 3 at the R.E.M. Lee Theatre. Join us for an evening of great family entertainment! Tickets available from band members, at Misty River Books and at the door.


■ MOUNTAIN VIEW CHRISTIAN Academy presents “Who Dun Stole the Bride: A Hillbilly Mystery Dinner Theatre” at 6:30 p.m. March 2 at the Thornhill Community Church. Tickets at M the school. for details call, 635-5518.


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■ THE INSPIRELIFE BC Program on integrated cancer care takes place from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. March 1 and 2 at the Skeena Valley Golf and Country Club. Space is limited. To register, call InspireHealth toll-free at 1-888-7347125.


■ NORTHWEST BC METIS Association special meeting on the Enbridge Northern Pipeline takes place from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Feb. 18 at the Skeena Diversity Centre. How will it impact Metis? A vote for the future. Vote is open to all charter members. Private members’ forum 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Light refreshments: coffee and tea, bring a dessert of choice. For more information, contact 250-6381199 or email



The draft 2012 – 2016 Financial Plan will be considered by the Regional District Board in conjunction with its regular meeting Friday, February 24, 2012 in the Board room of the Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine #300 – 4545 Lazelle Avenue, Terrace, BC. Discussion on the financial plan will commence at 5:00 pm on Friday, February 24, 2012. The draft 2012 – 2016 Financial Plan will be available at the Regional District office during regular business hours Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm. Any person(s) wishing to voice their opinion regarding this financial plan may do so in writing to the Regional District Board and/or in person to the finance committee at the meeting scheduled for Friday, February 24, 2012 commencing at 5:00 pm. Regional District of Kitimat-Stikine #300-4545 Lazelle Avenue Terrace, BC V8G 4E1 Tel (250) 615-6100 Fax (250) 635-9222



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Ina Spurn It is with great sadness the family of Ina Mae Spurn of Nakusp B.C. announce her passing on January 23, 2012 in Duncan, B.C. She was surrounded by her loved ones on this fateful day, her husband John, mother Grace and step-father Hank Obester at her side. Ina’s medical history indicated a heart problem. She was 74 at her passing. Ina will always be remembered lovingly by her husband John of 52 years, her ďŹ ve children, Christine (Frank) Allen Brule, AB, John Jr. Jasper, AB, Craig (Rona) Calgary AB, Wendy (Jeff) Utke Orlando, FL, and Angela Edmonton, AB. Ina is survived by her mother Grace (Hank) Obester Duncan, BC, brothers Orv (Pat) Cotts Dunnville, Ont, Winston (Georgia) Cotts, Watrous, Sask, and sister Jane (Doug) Johnston, Duncan, BC. She was predeceased by her father Robert Cotts. Ina will also be fondly remembered by her 13 grandchildren, Lonn, Darcy, Patricia, Desi, Bryce, Rochelle, Michella, Jacob, Haven, Jewel, Luke, Audrey and Sophie. Ina also leaves behind fond memories for her brother-in-laws Robert (Lenore) Spurn, Lionel (Kathy) Daneault, step sister-in-law Virginia (Stan) Sherwood, step brother-in-law Wes Hrenchuk. Ina will also be fondly remembered by her numerous nieces, nephews and extended family and dear friends. Ina will always be remembered for her lovely smile and kind mannerisms - she was truly a person that will be missed by all who were touched by her kindness. The world is a sadder place today for her departure. Ina’s early day’s and birthplace was Saskatoon, her family moved to BC’s lower mainland in the late forties. She graduated from North Surrey High School and pursued a career in Psychiatric Nursing although she had to opt out of the program for health reasons. Ina worked at several jobs ďŹ rst at the Vancouver Sun and then for two doctors in New Westminster. In 1959 she met John they seemed to have been made for each other asthey’ve been together ever since. Ina was an extremely hard worker who didn’t know the meaning of quit. These are just some of the jobs she did; Doctor’s ofďŹ ce nurse, bookeeper, egg candler, tree planter, cone picker, construction worker, and a Real Estate Board Secretary. But the biggest and most cherished job of all was being a mother and homemaker which she excelled at with much vigour and passion. Ina was the backbone of the family farm operation we had during our days in Terrace, BC and probably the only farm manager who was friends with every animal they ever had - especially Hazel Mae, her beloved milk cow. These are just some of Ina’s favourite things she liked to do; cooking, reading not just novels but recipe books, gardening, canning, wine making, tole painting, all manners of crafts but especially crochetting. She was an avid Canucks and BC Lions fan. Ina loved to travel having the pleasure to visit Europe, Mexico, the US, ship cruises, the far north and one of her favourites, her great Cross Canada Adventure - Nakusp to Newfoundland and all points in between. Ina was active in many clubs and organizations; Girl Guides, Peaks Gymnastics Club, Hinton Quilting Club, Nakusp Senior’s Club and Arrow Lakes Hospital Auxiliary. The family is respecting Ina’s wishes there will be no funeral service but a gathering of her family, friends and many aquaintainces is planned (TBA) one for Nakusp and one at Duncan, BC. Memorial donations in memory of Ina may be made to the Heart & Stroke Foundation.

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Len Bruggeman It is with great sadness that we announce the death of a long time Terrace resident. Len Bruggeman passed away January 30, 2012 at Terraceview Lodge after a lenghty illness. MacKay’s ’s Funeral Home was in charge off internment at the cemetery with a small gathering of family and friends. Len is survived by his loving wife Marianne, son Richard and grandchildren Amber, Brandon and Kassy, and a great grandchild Dexter, as well as a sister Corrie Gypstra and many nephews and nieces. He was predeceased by his parents and a brother-in-law Peter Gypstra. Len’s life was full, he was born in Holland and moved to Canada in 1953, and to Terrace in 1954. Len spent hours running his backhoe and many knew him from “Len’s Excavating�. He enjoyed square dancing, and music was a big part of his life, as he spent many hours playing the accordion. Len will be sadly missed by all who knew him. A special Thank You to Dr. Brown for all his professional care and kindness.






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Progressive Ventures is looking for an office assistant to work in our main office in Terrace. This NEW position will be permanent part time with an expectation of full time as the position evolves. Hours can be somewhat flexible to meet the needs of the applicant. Progressive Ventures is one of Northwestern BC’s oldest and most reputable companies. This position will be the first line of communication within the company; a key organizer of both electronic and manual filing systems; and an important team member keeping documents and information flowing within and outside the Company. The successful candidate will:

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HD MECHANICS 3rd or 4th apprentice or Journeyman Heavy Duty Mechanics with their Red Seal and CVIP License to work in Red Deer & Hinton.

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Be well organized, well-spoken and have strong communication skills Have a professional, friendly and outgoing demeanor; Have a basic understanding of office systems; Have excellent computer skills and be able to learn new programs applicable to our construction office; Work well with others as team player;

If you are interested in working for one of the oldest and most respected companies in the Northwest, submit your resume to:

The Northwest’s leading Jeweller is looking for a Full Time

Sales Associate Retail sales experience an asset but will train candidates who desire a career in this exciting and rewarding environment. Drop off resumes in person to Kimberly, 4646 Lakelse Ave Terrace

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You are a self-starter with good communication skills. Computer knowledge, knowledge of networking, familiar with a variety of operating systems required. A+ Certification will be an asset, or successful candidate will be required to attain after hiring. You should be highly motivated and a quick learner. Must have a valid drivers license. Please apply in person with resume: Attention Manager. NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE.

4710 Keith Ave., Terrace

Please call 250-718-3330 or Fax: 1-888-679-0759 For more information or send your resume & current drivers abstract to:


Susan Jennifer Nickle Born December 30, 1952 in Sudbury, Ontario. Sue passed away with courage and dignity at Terraceview Lodge in the company of family and friends at 12:47 am, February 3, 2012. Survived by: Husband and son: Rod and Alex Meredith, birth daughter and granddaughter: Dawn and Laine, niece and nephew: Bev Gagnon & Russel Gowan, great niece and nephew: Cora & Dustin Montgomery, great great nieces and nephew: Madison & Keira Montgomery and Chance. Predeceased by: Father and mother: Alvin & Dorothy Nickle, sister: Fran Nickle (Gowan). A tea was held at Knox United Church at 2:00 pm, Saturday February 11, 2012. The family would like to thank Terraceview Lodge staff, Sue’s Angels and all those who provided food, owers, prayers and loving support. It made a difference. Thank You

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Previous or related experience working with the public, will be considered an asset. Clean drivers abstract and good driving habits required. Politeness and problem solving abilities. Must be well organized and neat in appearance. Able to work with little or no supervision. Willing to work evenings and weekends. Please submit handwritten cover letter with driver’s abstract and resume in person to Melissa. Phone: (250) 638-0288 c/o Terrace Motors Toyota 4912 Highway 16, Terrace, B.C.

FLEET MAINTENANCE CONTROLLER This position is based in our Terrace ofďŹ ce and will be responsible for Vehicle Recalls, Vehicle Damage Claims, Payable Invoices, Tracking Vehicle Maintenance and General OfďŹ ce Assistance. We are Skeena Rent a Car’s head ofďŹ ce and located in 9 other cities in B.C. with a eet of approx. 700 vehicles. The successful applicant will have the ability to multitask, work in a team environment; have good vehicle parts and service knowledge, excellent customer service and communication skills, computer experience in Excel, Outlook and the ability to learn our in-house computer program.

Interested applicants please: drop off your resume @ 4542 Lakelse Ave. or email:

Terrace Paving/ Kentron Construction Have openings for the following positions to meet the needs of our growing operations in the Kitimat & Terrace area. tHeavy

Duty Mechanic – Kitimat/Terrace


Truck Drivers – Kitimat


Assistant – Kitimat

We are a union company afďŹ liated with the Operating Engineers and Teamsters. QualiďŹ ed applicants can submit resume by email or fax. Email: Kentron: Terrace: Fax: Kentron: Terrace: 250-632-5048 250-635-4121

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An earthmoving company based in Edson Alberta requires a full time Heavy Duty Mechanic for field and shop work. We require Cat Dozer/Deere excavator experience. You will work a set schedule for days on and off. Call Lloyd @ 780-723-5051 WANTED: Trained Hairdressers, Male or Female for Salons in Grand Prairie, Alberta & area. 780-933-1236 HAIR 4 U

CHEF, COOK Helper, EMT, and camp attendant for hire, June-August, 25-man trailer camp, pay DOE. Level III First Aid and gourmet pref. Serious inquiries only please. Email: KALUM KABS LTD. Requires full/part time dispatchers and drivers. Guaranteed wages, flexible hours. Drop off resume to 4449 Lakelse Ave. No phone calls please.

DIRECT SALES REPRESENTATIVES. Canada’s premiere home automation and Security Company is NOW hiring AprilAugust. No experience necessary. Travel Required. E-mail resume: Visit: WE are looking for Servers. Please drop down your resume to Shan Yan Restaurant at 4606 Greig Ave, Terrace. No phone calls please.

Payroll and Benefits Administrator Cambria Gordon is looking for a self-motivated, detail-orientated individual to join our dynamic team. Based in Terrace, BC, Cambria Gordon is a company of multi-disciplinary professionals that provide science, technical, environmental management and graphic media services to local, national and international clients. Your primary responsibilities will be to administer our payroll and benefit programs. You will also work alongside our Business Manager and Account Manager to assist on a variety of assignments. Ideally, you bring a combination of the following competencies: t a ‘geeky’ attention to numbers and details, t strong working knowledge of computerized accounting software systems, t self-directed in prioritizing and completing your duties, and t a persuasive manner. The successful candidate will have: t 2+ years payroll experience t Post secondary education in business administration or accounting is preferred t Strong Microsoft Excel skills t Excellent verbal and written communication skills t Ability to work well within a team, and t An upbeat and positive attitude. This position is permanent, part time or potentially full time. We offer a competitive salary based on education and experience plus a comprehensive benefits package that includes profit sharing, child care support and flexible work schedules. If you see your skills and approach to work fitting with us, we would like to talk with you. Please submit your resume and cover letter clearly demonstrating your experience and skills by mail, fax or e-mail to: Cambria Gordon Ltd. 4623 Park Avenue Terrace, BC V8G 1V5 Fax: 250-638-0418

E-Mail address: (PDF format please)

Closing Date: February 24, 2012 We thank all individuals who express interest in this position; however, only short listed applicants will be contacted.


Area Forester Brinkman Forest Ltd. is a progressive forest management company based in British Columbia. Our main client, Coast Tsimshian Resources Limited Partnership (CTR) , is one of the largest forest tenure holders in Northwestern BC. As a result of our growing operation, we have an immediate full-time position for an Area Forester in our Terrace office. This is a town job, and there is no camp work required. Brinkman Forests Ltd. offers a competitive salary, and benefit package as well as the opportunity to achieve annual performance incentives. Duties: Reporting to the Senior Forest Planner, this position will play an integral role in Brinkman’s planning, and timber development process. Key duties include, but are not limited to: x x x x x x

Cutting permit and appraisal data collection Preparation and submission of cutting permit and road permit applications Coordination of Resource Assessments Supervision and quality control of forestry consultants Supervision and mentorship of field staff Field data collection for site plans

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MAINTENANCE/LOADER OPERATOR NEEDED This is a fulltime, permanent position starting immediately at our plant in Princeton, BC. Minimum of 10 years maintenance experience required on a variety of production and mobile equipment. Experience in a post mill, or small to medium size sawmill preferred. Must be able to handle a variety of tasks, work well with minimum supervision and be part of the team. Please submit resumes by fax 250295-7912 or email

PROCESSOR OPERATOR WANTED To run a Waratah dangle head on a Volvo carrier. Work on site in our post and rail yard in Princeton, BC. Great working conditions, competitive wages, benefits, profit sharing, 10 hour days, 4 days a week. This is a fulltime permanent position. Fax your resume to 250-2957912 or email


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Home Support Workers Care Aides, LPN’s and RN’s. Please respond by March 1st, 2012 to Cindy Mangnus RN, Client Care Manager at 250-641-2211 or 250-635-2274 or mail resumes ATT: Linda Preston, Office Manager, #106B - 4741 Lakelse Skeena Mall, Terrace, BC V8G 4R9

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Now Taking Applications for “Part-time Caretaker” duties to include regular building and outdoor maintenance for a 95 apartment building complex. This job would be on weekends and to cover time off and holidays for the resident building caretakers. Cut off for applications would be March 31, 2012 mail resumes to: Summit Square Apts., #1108-2607 Pear Str. Terrace, BC V8G 4V5

HOME BASED Business. We need serious and motivated people for expanding health & wellness industry. High speed internet and phone essential. Free online training.

Now Taking Applications for “Resident Building Caretakers.” Duties to include regular building and outdoor maintenance for a 95 apartment complex, enforcing by-laws, collecting strata fees, submitting bills to accountant, any knowledge of repairs would be an asset. Couples would be preferred. Cut off for applications will be March 31, 2012. Please mail resume to: Summit Square Apts., #1108-2607 Pear Str. Terrace, B.C. V8G 4V5

Home Care/Support NURSES, Care Aides, Home Cleaners - Bayshore Home Health is hiring casual, on-call nurses, certified care aides and experienced cleaners. If you are: empathetic; personable; possess an outstanding work ethic; a “can do” attitude; a passion for superior client service, and a reliable vehicle, forward your resume to

Trades, Technical JOURNEYMAN HEAVY duty mechanic – required at HMI Industries, a growing metal recycling company based in Red Deer. Please fax resumes to 403.346.3953, or email:

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Job Purpose: To Provide Support to the Finance Manager Supervised by: Finance Manager


Duties and Obligations: t Keep and maintain financial records for the Kitselas Band using computerized accounting software and manual filing systems t Process the bi-weekly payroll & maintain employee leave banks for vacation, sick, and personal leaves t Process Accounts Payable and Accounts Receivable t Ensure that all transactions are verified and allocated to the proper GL accounts, including revenues, receivables, accounts payable, payroll, and journal entries t Reconcile bank statements and general ledger accounts on a monthly basis. t Produce monthly financial statements as requested by senior staff or Chief & Council t And other duties as assigned

Join the Chances family today! If you’re looking for an exciting work environment in a first-class facility, Chances Terrace is the place for you. Chances offers excellent career opportunities and competitive wages. Be part of a team that delivers exceptional gaming entertainment in a fun, social setting.

Knowledge and Skills Required: t Computer literacy using Adagio and PayDirt accounting software t Post secondary education in the accounting field t Must have excellent communication skills; able to work effectively with other staff members, funding agencies, and other external parties t Valid B.C. driver’s license and access to a vehicle t Criminal Record Check (Clean); cost to be reimbursed upon completion

We are looking for dynamic individuals to prepare high quality food products and maintain sanitary conditions in an efficient manner within the established guidelines, ensuring the satisfaction of guests. All employees of Chances Terrace are required to complete a criminal record check.

This is a permanent full-time position. Salary: $30,000 to $36,000, dependent on education and experience If you are interested in applying, please forward your resume complete with a cover letter to Teri Muldon via email to Closing date for applications is February 17, 2012 at 12:00 noon PST. Only those short listed will be contacted for an interview.




Wednesday to Saturday from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. 4410 LEGION AVENUE, TERRACE, B.C., V8G 1N6

2+ years experience in forest engineering and timber development. Registered, or eligible for registration with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (RPF, RFT). Knowledge of regulatory framework, including the Forest and Range Practices Act, Forest Act, Interior Appraisal manual, and other relevant legislation and forest policies. Possess good communication and organizational skills. Be familiar with the use of Road Eng, and other spatial data software. Valid BC driver’s license.

Terrace is a thriving community in Northwest BC with excellent year round recreational activities, world class fishing, and affordable housing. For more information click on the following link . Interested applicants should fax, mail or email their resume and cover letter to: Fax:

(250) 635-2323


Attn: Betsy Dennis Brinkman Forest Ltd. 4905 Keith Avenue Terrace, BC V8G 5L8

E-mail: Resumes to be received by: March 6, 2012 4:30 p.m. We appreciate all of the resumes and applications sent in, however only those selected for an interview will be contacted.

1-800-222-TIPS (8477) (8477)

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Trades, Technical BC Company accepting resumes’s for: Journeyman Sheet Metal, Plumbers, Gas B or A Fitters, Welders, Millwrights & 4th yr plumbers. Comprehensive package. Forward resumes, certiďŹ cations with cover stating pay rate to: Box 694, C/O The Tribune, 188 - 1st Ave. N., Williams Lake, BC V2G 1Y8.

Bandstra Transportation Systems Ltd. has an immediate opening for a household mover. The successful applicant will be responsible for packing, loading and unloading household furniture from residence into trucks or containers. Bandstra is afÂżliated with 8nited Van lines and has been in business in the northwest since 1955.



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Do you have an event coming up? Do you know of an athlete worthy of recognition? If so, call 250-638-7283 and let us know. email:

WFP is currently seeking a fully qualiďŹ ed Hooktender to join our Holberg Forest Operation. This is a perm. USW hourly union position required on a full time basis. If you believe that you have the skills and qualiďŹ cations that we are looking for, please reply in conďŹ dence: Marty Gage - General Foreman Facsimile: 250.288.2764 Email: mgage@ For more info. Visit: www.western


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ATTENTION - Painters, Printers and Potters. Register for Visual Arts Diploma program. Multi-use workshop, painting, drawing, sculpture studios. No portfolio required. Grande Prairie Regional College. University transferable. 1-780539-2909 or

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5+ years’ experience in forest or related natural resource field Undergraduate degree or technical diploma in forestry or natural resources field is preferred Registered, or eligible for registration with the Association of BC Forest Professionals (RPF, RFT) is a plus Knowledge of regulatory framework, including the Forest and Range Practices Act, Forest Act, Interior Appraisal manual, and other relevant legislation and forest policies Possess good communication and organizational skills

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Misc. Wanted FREEZER BURNT meat and ďŹ sh for sled dogs, Terrace only. Will pick up. 250-635-3772.

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Reporting to the Operations Manager, this position will play an integral role in the planning, budgeting and implementation of road maintenance, road building, and harvesting operations. Key duties include, but are not limited to:

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On December 21, 2011, at Intersection of Greig Avenue and Kalum Street, Terrace, BC, Peace Officer(s) of the Terrace RCMP seized, at the time indicated, the subject property, described as $10,890.00 CAD, on or about 16:10 Hours. The subject property was seized because there was evidence that the subject property had been obtained by the commission of an offence under Section 354 of the Criminal Code of Canada: Possession of property obtained by crime. Notice is hereby given that the subject property, CFO file Number: 2012-892, is subject to forfeiture under Part 3.1 of the CFA and will be forfeited to the Government for disposal by the Director of Civil Forfeiture


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Terrace takes on BC Winter Games WITH THE end of February approaching, local athletes are putting in final practices in preparation for the 2012 BC Winter Games in Vernon, Feb. 23 – 26. As Terrace was the host city for the 2010 BC Winter Games, many of these athletes saw the 2010 action first-hand, and have long anticipated their turn to hit the provincial stage in an event hosting youths from the ages of 10 – 18 in 15 different sports ranging from hockey to badminton. Ria Vandenberg, 14, says she will be competing in the cross-country skiing event, because of the great experience her sister Johanna had when she cross-country skied in the 2010 Games. Because she knows a bit of what to expect, Ria says she’s not nervous about competing at the games, just looking forward to the experience. “It’s not just about the competition,” she said. “You get to meet new people and experience the sport in a different way.” From a cross-country skiing family of nine children, Ria gets out on the trails often with her siblings in a sport she says is a lot of fun. Her father and coach Bill Vandenberg said Ria is practising about three times a week, as they work on her endurance for the games. “We just get her to ski CONTRIBUTED PHOTOS

ABOVE, RIA Vandenberg will be representing Terrace at the BC Winter Games in Vernon Feb. 23 26. To the right are members of the Terrace Badminton Club’s junior team, who will also be heading south to compete. Back row is Liam Clunas, Jordan Grootendorst, Ethan Kenmuir, Evan Veldman and Lucas Mantel. Front row is Michaela Julseth, Brianna Weir, Alexis Grootendorst, Bronwen Juergensen and Rochelle Diaz.

hard ... because she has to build up her stamina, it’s kind of like an all-out sport,” Vandenberg explained. Ria will be skiing on the Zone 7 team as the only member from Terrace. Zone 7 is the northwest zone and stretches from Vanderhoof to Haida Gwaii. The Terrace Junior Badminton team will also be representing the region as the Zone 7 team at the Games. Coach Norm Parry said tryouts were held for the region in early December, but only Terrace players attended, resulting in an all-Terrace team of five girls and five boys, ages 12 and 13. This will be the fourth time Terrace has sent a badminton team to the BC Winter Games, and the second time Parry, who was an organizer at the 2010 Games in Terrace, has attended as a coach. Parry said the team has been hitting the courts three nights a week to prepare. “They are excited to go, and they have been looking forward to it,” he said. “It’s an amazing event for these kids,” Parry said of the games, which he likened to a mini-Olympics with entertainment and opening ceremonies for the youths. Coming from one of the more sparsely-populated areas of the province, Parry said the team understands its level of competition is going to be different than

other badminton teams from larger centres. Parry and his team will look to regions similar to Terrace and make goals against teams they are evenly matched with. “So we go in there with a goal and we target a few zones we would like to do well against,” Parry explained, adding players also focus on strong sportsmanship on and off the court. Terrace’s U-14 ringette team is sending five local players. These players will be joined by two players from Houston and four from Courtney to make up the Zone 7 team. Coach Jacque Dahl said the team picked up players from Victoria as there were not enough age-qualifying ringette players in the region to create a fully-northern team. Hitting the ice from Terrace will be a co-ed team including Haylee Gibson, Jennifer Dahl, Hannah Resch, Marshall Wilson and Peter Nicholson. “They are actually very excited,” Dahl said, noting that Dahl, Gibson and Resch all attended the 2011 BC Summer Games and are more familiar with the experience. She said the team has been practising as much as possible to get ready, with the two Houston players joining up for a few sessions on the ice as well. “I don’t know how we will do, the kids we have can all play well, but we are going down with lower numbers,” Dahl said of the size of the team. However, she said all of the players are looking forward to the excitement of attending the BC Winter Games. “I am positive we are going to have a great trip,” Dahl said. Also attending the BC Winter Games from Terrace will be alpine skiers and female hockey players. Shames Mountain’s Northwest Freeriders is also sending three members from Kitimat. On Feb. 22, two chartered planes will land at the Northwest Regional Airport, and two more at the Smithers Regional Airport, to pick up Zone 7 contestants and their coaches.

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Terrace boots Kitimat out in round one of playoffs for a CIHL first IT WAS a first-ever for the Terrace River Kings in the Central Interior Hockey League playoffs, as the team swept the Kitimat Ice Demons in round one. For the Ice Demons, it was the first time since 2002 the team has been ousted in round one, and for the River Kings it was the first time they have swept the Demons out of playoffs. “When you get beat by a team over and over again, it's nice to beat them and get the monkey off our backs,” said River Kings’ captain Steve Cullis. “Kitimat was always the team to beat and now it shows that our team can compete with top teams.” “Losing to the same team isn’t fun for our players, coaches, team reps or fans so it was nice to give everyone something to be happy about,” he continued. Game one of playoffs was played on home ice for Terrace, Jan. 28, and resulted in a 5-4 victory over Kitimat. Game two was played before 1,000 people in Kitimat, Feb. 4, and ended with a 4-1 finish for the Kings over the Demons. Head coach of the River Kings, Roger Tooms, said the team has worked really hard on many aspects of its game. “It was nice to see them rewarded, particularly the individuals that have played on the team for a number of years,” Tooms said of the two-game sweep. The River Kings are now in the middle of round two of playoffs with the Smithers Steelheads. They need to beat the Steelheads not only to advance in the CIHL playoffs, but also to qualify for the senior men's AA provincial Coy Cup. The five-day Coy Cup championship will be hosted by defending champions, the Ice Demons, in Kitimat March 1317.


he pups were so adorable we fought the urge to take two. As we drove home our curly shepherdoodle lay peacefully on Karen’s lap, looking up from time to time as if to ask where, exactly it was we were going. We wondered if she’d be lonely without her mom, her adopted dad, grandmother, and her seven brothers and sisters. Pawsome was at home, but for the last few months she’d had trouble getting up and her bark had softened and become frayed around the edges. Where, before, she’d ranged freely over the mountain, chasing the traces of wild scents, now her disabilities shackled her to the end of the dead end road where she strained to make sense of the bent images coming to her through clouded eyes. By the time your dog is old you’ve forgotten how quickly it grew up and are amazed by the rapidity of its decline. Only months ago, Pawsome was eagerly trotting the trails alongside the river, crossing the stream whenever she wanted. Then I began to notice her stream crossings were laboured. Concerned that she might not make the far side before running afoul of a log jam, I began grabbing her collar before a crossing. Not long after that, she stopped crossing altogether, something that must have pained her as it would put me out of her sight, something she couldn’t abide for the last fifteen years we’d spent fishing to-

Sports Scope Ski the Chocolate Marathon CROSS-COUNTRY SKIERS can get ready for the Snow Valley Nordic Ski Club’s Chocolate Marathon. The race will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25 on the Onion Lake cross-country ski trails. Distances range between 1km for ages six and under, and 5km 40km for juniors and adults. Everyone who crosses the finish line will win something sweet, and all cross-country skiers are invited to come out and join in on the fun.

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DAVID TOOMS goes for the puck with Derek Wakita hot on his heals, during the Feb. 4 game between the River Kings and the Ice Demons which saw a 4 - 1 win for the Kings and the end of CIHL playoffs for the Demons.

gether. gested, the Spanish word For most of those fiffor one, thinking of the 1 teen years she’d cleared Lori had put on her belly the tailgate of the pickup to make it easier to sepaas soon as I’d lifted the rate her from the other window on the canopy. pups. This got hesitant After she snapped her approval, but we soon ACL, I was forced to realized that Uno and lower the tailgate and No were too similar in use a bin or a milk crate sound. Our pup might as a makeshift step. develop a negative assoSoon, I was lifting her ciation with her name. into the passenger seat. Why not Una, I said Then, almost overnight, proffering a feminine SKEENA ANGLER the physical ordeal of an article more befitting a outing trumped desire, female pup. From Una ROB BROWN and Pawsome became it was a small leap to the yard-bound. Irish, Oona, as in CharThere was still advenlie’s fourth wife, Oona ture in her life. The bears Chaplin, and Oona River. came down to forage in We agreed that Oona was the fall, bolder than ever a good fit for our little now that my dog’s bark Labradoodle. had turned into a whisper. She still craned Oona wanted to play. Pawsome didn’t. her neck to catch wild wind borne scents, If she’d been healthier, the older dog would still greeted the postwoman and attempt- have put the pup in her place, but she was so ed to bark at the garbage truck. enfeebled that the small black energy ball Paws came up to greet us as we took the knocked her over. To avoid this pathetic pup out of the truck. She sniffed it curious- sight, we let the dogs out at different times ly. We took the new dog into the house and and kept them on opposite sides of the baby put her in the kitchen behind the baby gate gate and the fence. A few weeks later penwe’d bought in anticipation of her arrival. dulous growths began breaking through the What to call this new dog? We’d been fur under Pawsome’s neck like dark mushmaking lists. Why not call her Uno, I sug- rooms breaking through the forest floor in

Dog Quest the Final Chapter

THE SKEENA Valley Snowmobile Club will host its annual Snowarama on Sterling Mountain this weekend, Feb. 19. The day-long event raises money through pledges and donations to give to the BC Lions Society. Last year, Snowarama raised $4,000. Riders will meet in the parking lot of Sterling Mountain at 9 a.m. before heading up the trails for a cook out at the club’s cabin. “It’s a fun, family event,” said Trevor Gibson from the snowmobile club. He encouraged all snowmobilers to come out, enjoy the day and raise money for a good cause.

Fall. I booked an appointment with the veterinarian. It was a Tuesday, the first day without rain or snow, or both in two weeks. I put Pawsome in the box of the truck then put the harness on Oona and strapped her into the passenger seat. By the time we were at the pet hospital, Oona was asleep. Karen arrived, as we’d arranged. We let the sleeping dog lie and took our old pooch inside where Dr. Farkvam examined her. They’re sarcomas, he said feeling the tennis ball sized lumps on her neck. I could remove them but they’d be back in no time. The look on his face said it was time. I’ll sedate her, he said, could you come back at 11:30. We could, we said. When we returned faint shafts of light were shining through fissures in the southern sky. Dr. Farkvam brought Pawsome out from the back. I gave a shot he said. In her mind, she’s probably thinking nice thoughts of running over the mountain behind your house. He administered another shot. Paws’ breathing got shallower. We patted her gently until her heart stopped. By the time we’d left the hospital, the sun had broken through. I opened the door to the truck. My little curly pup, now awake, gave me a where-have-you-beenand-what-took-you-so-long look. Let’s go for an adventure, I told her, a walk by the river.



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College plans to axe more than 30 jobs N O RT H W E S T COMMUNITY College now says it needs to cut the equivalent of nearly 32 full-time jobs to balance a budget that has been steadily sliding into the red for more than two years. But the actual number of people to be laid off could be even more as not every college employee is a full-time worker. At last count, the college had 277 full-time equivalent positions on its payroll made up of more than 600 people. A cut of 32 full-time equivalent positions would work out to more than 10 per cent of its full-time equivalent work force. College officials are now working on deciding who will actually receive a layoff notice and want those notices out by the end of the month. College human resources and payroll director Suzanne LeBlanc said the figure of 32

full-time equivalent positions is what’s needed to balance a budget that would otherwise have a reoccurring deficit problem. LeBlanc expected that a round of talks starting this week between the college and its labour unions would lead to measures to reduce the job loss figure and still meet the college’s obligation to balance its budget. “We, as employees of the college are stewards of the college and our priority one is to ensure that we deliver quality programming in a sustainable way,” LeBlanc said in a prepared statement. Measures to ease layoffs could include job sharing and early retirements, LeBlanc added. How the impacts on programs and employees plays out will be months in the making, however, because of steps laid out in union contracts.

The majority of the college's unionized employees belong to the BC Government and Service Employees’ Union (BCGEU) and the goal is to provide specific layoff notices by Feb. 28. “In effect, we then give five months notice [of a job loss] and that’s to Aug. 1, 2012,” said LeBlanc. “Then there’s the bumping process,” LeBlanc added in referring to the ability of one union member taking the job of another union member based on seniority. While LeBlanc is anticipating a constructive two weeks of talks with the BCGEU, that’s not the case with the much smaller union, the Federation of Post Secondary Educators of BC (which is called the Academic Workers’ Union at the college), which represents mostly university credit instructors. “They’ve opted not to participate [in the talks],” said LeBlanc.

The instructors hope to be before the Labour Relations Board this week, asking for an order preventing the college from deciding on final layoff notices until more financial information is released. LeBlanc said the college is worried about the “extreme messaging” concerning the institution’s deficit. “People have a right to say what they wish but when the information affects the perceptions of students, their parents, and the entire community and is not reflective of what is being done, this concerns us,” she said. LeBlanc said it was difficult to provide an average salary and benefit amount for employees and final financial impacts because of the different contracts covering employees who perform different roles. For the record, college president Denise Henning, who this

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College can’t use surplus “We’re working with the college to address their deficit,” said Yamomoto of the situation. But what won’t happen is permitting the college to dip into a $2.5 million accumulated surplus to ease its deficit. “That would only be a temporary solution and it wouldn’t address the ongoing fiscal situation,” said Yamomoto. She likened the prospect of using a surplus to a family that has a drop in income only to then use its savings without any attempt at cutting spending. The college can use a surplus to buy items to further the educational needs of students. Yamomoto did add that the college can also invest the surplus and use the proceeds to pay for operating expenses.

But she acknowledged that with interest rates being so low, the college’s investment income wouldn't be that much. Northwest Community College isn’t the only post secondary institution hit with a deficit it can’t pay for despite having a surplus, says the NDP critic for advanced education. Michelle Mungall, who represents the Nelson-Creston riding, says the inability of the college to use its surplus is rooted in the way its accounting system is structured. “You just can’t save it for a rainy day,” said Mungall of surpluses from regular operations which the college then tucks away. She said the inability of colleges being able to use their surpluses for budgetary relief has

been raised during sessions of the legislature’s finance committee. “The government itself in the 2010 throne speech said they would correct the problem but there’s still been no action,” Mungall said. She wondered how the college, or any other training institution, is going to train workers for new jobs or to replace retiring workers if there’s not enough money to provide programs. “What we’re going to have is jobs without people and people without jobs,” said Mungall. Mungall, like Austin, said the college’s financial hardship stands in contrast to the need to train residents for jobs in new industries. “It’s a lack of leadership. It’s a very odd strategy,” she said.

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month marks her first year at the helm of the college, earns a salary of $157,000 a year. That’s approximately $6,000 more than the listed 2009/10 salary of predecessor Stephanie Forsyth. Financial information for the college's 20102011 fiscal year indicate

nearly 80 people earn more than $75,000 a year (by law the college has to publish the names of those who earn more than $75,000 a year and the exact amount they earn). This list includes Forsyth who left in the early fall of 2010, approximately halfway

through the college’s financial year. It does not include Henning who began in March 2011 at the close of the 2010-11 fiscal year. Within that group of nearly 80 people, seven earned more than $90,000 a year and six earned more than $100,000 a year.


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